Public Economics


An important part of economics is concerned with the design of public policies. This includes the structure and scope of governments as well as the instruments of public policy: taxes and public debt on the revenue side, and provision of public services, transfers and subsidies on the expenditure side of the budget. Public economics also addresses the incentives of policy makers and public administration and explores the governance structure in the public sector which is in most developed countries divided into different entities like central or national governments, or special public funds. The specialization in the Master Program provides key theoretical approaches as well as empirical methods that are currently used in public economics. The Public Economics Master Seminar which takes place every semester is concerned with using these approaches and methods to discuss practical problems of public policies.

Modules in the Public Economics Specialisation

Module Term Language Type Professor
Public Economics S EN Lec Büttner
Behavioral Economics S EN Lec Grimm
Ökonomie der Sozialpolitik S DE Sem Wrede
Seminar Behavioral Economics 1 W&S EN Sem Grimm/Utikal
Seminar Public Economics 1 S EN Sem Büttner/Rincke/Wrede
Spatial Economics S EN Lec Wrede
Economics of Innovation S EN Lec Nagler
Taxation and Labor Supply W EN Lec Büttner
Panel and Evaluation Methods W EN Lec Riphahn
Seminar Behavioral Economics 2 W EN Sem Grimm/Utikal
Seminar Public Economics 2 W EN Sem Büttner/Rincke/Wrede
Development Economics W EN Lec Rincke
Public Budget Management W DE Sem Merkl


Economic Internship

If you plan to take the Economic Internship Module in the area of Public Economics, please contact Prof. Thies Büttner.